French President-elect Emmanuel Macron was caught rehearsing his victory speech and having makeup applied during a television blunder that saw the behind-the-scenes moment beamed out live.
As the world waited to see the first speech from the newly-elected French leader, a live feed blunder instead broadcast vision of the 39-year-old in preparation.
Viewers saw the pro-Europe centrist practising his speech, drinking water and having makeup applied to his face.
Unaware that the preparations were being broadcast, it was a far cry from the confident former investment banker who just minutes later declared a “new page” had opened in France’s history.
Macron later vowed to “defend France and Europe” in front of a crowd gleefully waving red, white and blue tricolour flags at a victory party outside the Louvre Museum.
He is believed to have won 65 percent of the popular vote.
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